November 2, 2018
Dear Bowman Family,
We are once again saddened by the news of a horrific shooting - this time at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The anti-Semitism and hate rhetoric behind this event is disturbing. Please know that members of our staff are here to support you and your children.
It is hard to gauge how aware kids will be of an event in Pittsburgh. Awareness often varies depending on the access to news that parents allow at home. As is always the case, we encourage you to contact us if you are concerned about your child.
Knowing what to say to our children about tragic events can be challenging. Here are a couple of resources that may be helpful:
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has prepared suggestions for Talking to Children About Violence.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has provided some guidelines for this specific event, which include a clear description of the events to help with answering questions in a factual manner: Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events
In the Classroom with Corduck
This week, 4th graders in art began constructing an armature. What is an armature? I wondered the same thing. All I had to do was ask our students and this is what I learned…”an armature is the beginning of a sculpture. It helps you make a framework so that you can put paper mache on it.” Students were independently using newspaper, tape and tubes to create the framework of what will eventually be a puppet. They were shown how to form a ball with newspaper and a fix it to the top of the tube using masking tape. From there they used cardboard to create ears and any other details they thought their sculpture needed. As I made my way around the classroom, I learned from our kids that many were imagining their armature as an animal - hippo, wolf, and bear where a few of their ideas.
PTA Book Fair THANK YOU!
THANK YOU Katie Quick and the volunteers who helped make the Scholastic book fair such a success! The quality and wide selection was most impressive. Thank you also to the families who purchased classroom “wish list” books. We appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Correction to last week’s news...
In last week’s news, I inaccurately indicated in the save the date section that there was another pizza party scheduled for students and families who participate in Family Friends program. There is no pizza party scheduled, just a regular play date.
Each year, elementary students in grades 3-5 participate in standardized statewide testing called MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). If you have a child(ren) in 3rd-5th grade, please note the following “testing window” as determined by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and refrain from scheduling out of school events (appointments, travel, etc) to prevent your child from being absent. We will share the specific dates that testing within the window will take place by subject and grade, however, we wanted everyone to understand the general time frame:
English Language Arts (ELA) Test Sessions: April 1st-May 3rd
Mathematics Test Sessions: April 2nd-May 24th
**Science, Technology & Engineering Test Sessions: April 3rd-May 24th
** = 5th Grade Students Only
From Student Council.....Veteran’s Day - School Spirit - Friday, November 9th
On 11/9, Student Council is requesting that everyone wear red, white and blue in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Later Start Proposal
Please see the letter from Superintendent Julie Hackett outlining the process for considering potential changes in school start and end times: Supt Letter - School Start Times. The start time proposal will be presented at the October 30th School Committee meeting. “Later Start Public Forums” will be held for all community members on November 5th from 5-6pm at LHS & 20th from 6-7pm at Selectmen's Meeting Room. A feedback survey is open for the public: http://bit.ly/2RleXMn. The changes in school start and end times have an impact on the community at large, we encourage you to review the proposal and provide your input.
Community News & Save the Dates
Thursday, 11/29, 7-9pm at LHS Auditorium “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid. Patty and Gina, imperfect sisters, and authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children, present a humorous and heartwarming workshop for parents. To register, go to: https://lexsepta.org/events/shut-up-about-your-perfect-kid/.
Cosponsored by the Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA and the Lexington Community Coalition Partners. Visit lexsepta.org for more information about special education programming and resources, and please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexsepac/.
Save the dates:
Nov. 5th - Later Start Public Forum 5-6pm @ LHS
Nov. 5th - LEF Trivia Bee 7pm @ LHS
Nov. 6th - State Primary/Lexington Learns Professional Develop Day for STAFF - No School for STUDENTS
Nov. 8th - “Dismantling Racism & Other Isms” Bowman staff discussion 7-8:30pm @ Bowman School
Nov. 9th - School Spirit Day - wear red, white and blue in honor of Veterans
Nov. 12th - Veteran’s Day/No School
Nov. 20th - Later Start Public Forum 6-7pm @ Selectmen’s Meeting Room
Nov. 21st - WEDNESDAY - Early Release - 12:15 dismissal
Nov. 22nd & 23rd - Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
Nov. 28th - Special Education Staff Parent Presentation 7-8pm
Nov. 29th - Administrative BYOC/T (Bring your own coffee/tea) 8:45am